TIKVAH BREIMER / PROGRAM MANAGEMENT / CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT / ALONGSIDE ADVISORY
MAKING SENSE of BLENDED LEARNING PLATFORMS - CAPACITY DEVLEPMENT OF PROFESSIONALS
What happens, when an experienced teacher/trainer of professionals,
creates your framework for a blended learning platform?

We'll have many questions, as a reality check.

What makes sense in the 2021+ post lockdown world? for you?:
- how can I save time making remote learning - I only have x % for it?
- how can I save time with technology - it costs me so much (frustration and) time?
- where do I even start with blended learning?
- i don't even have a teacher/trainer qualitication - I'm confused by all the approaches and technologies out there!
- what does pedagogics of blended learning even mean?
- what do you really need (as opposed to what is available out there)?
- what is the right balance with 'live'?
- what should 'live' look like, once we can go back to it?
- what better guarantees quality: training of trainers approaches, or an online module with certification?
- to build or not to build from scratch?
- how can the online presence be delivered to you in such a way that you can easily update it?
- how long does can your investment last?
- what is good enough? what is optimal? what is a stellar version?
- what budgets are we talking about for that matter?
- (... your questions here).

Often times, our clients have a time constraint, and (with that) a budget constraint.
As well as, the frustration of inefficient time use - and opportunity costs of that.
Our studio actually embraces financial or time (or both) limitations exactly for that:
they make our team inventive.

It's why we work for smaller and medium clients only - and only tailored.
We love listening to what you envision, interacting on what you feel you need, ideas you have already.
And based on all that, we love the inventive factor, the problem solving - we work with open-source tools as much as possible.

What platform-framework would you choose to start with? And further build over time, in a mix & match from a tailored selected menu of modules/tools for dyamic components?

Here is Playmountain. Seems just perfect, as a playground. To create learning - or be learning.



Photograph by @sebastiansabalbruce

Music Shell at Moerenuma Park. Japan, 1988.

@_pleasuregardenmagazine 06 Moerenuma Park, the last sculpture work of Isamu Noguchi in the island of Hokkaido 🇯🇵 #noguchi.


STUDIO BLENDED
What if instead of strugging by yourself, you were offered various dialogues on what you are longing to teach about,
and then delivered a stellar simplified structure - tailored for your specific needs.
One that aids a simple functionality for full autonomy for you (and your team) to build - using modules/tools that are all open-source,
Moreover, a learning environment that breathes that visually calming quality,
that learners and teachers/trainers alike keep coming back for?
With a resilience and a human and climate-factor that makes sense for you as a client over time too?

And where can you find consultancy for your optimalised exclusive 'live' training time?

Find here, our studio's lead: Independent consultant.

THE NONESENSE OF BUILDING YOURSELF
For the most part, if you work for an institute, university, or school,
there is likely a licensing agreement already between your institute and a platform or learning management system (LMS).
This means that you likely do NOT have the freedom to pick an LMS for your course, but rather must use the licensed LMS.

If you are working independently, then you likely have a choice, but be aware that some LMS options only work with larger institutes.

Even so, our lead consultant dialogued and interacted with a variety of experts, to establish that for certain, also for clients that do not have a given LMS platform - building from scratch with a developer makes no sense.
These included but is not limited to: a senior trainer who develops remote learning for professionals (UK based), a capacity development team for remote qualification of technical advisors (UK based), a Cloud & Infrastructure specialist (Spain based), a businessanalysist in a developer team at a university of applied sciences (NL based), a webdeveloper (NL based), a graphic designer (Brazil based).

That doesn't mean however, that everything is now straightforward. Where do you even start?

Ultimately, regardeless even of the time and fund investment - the challenge is pedagogics, not technology. No platform will be perfect, but our time and inventive expert and artistic attention must be able to go to focusing on what will actually give the outcomes we are after. Will the learner be able to USE the understanding, knowledge and skills/capabilities we incorporate? That's pedagogics.


RESILIENCE IS WIRED THROUGH
You are unique. Perhaps not at face value, but yes in the long run.

We want to offer exactly that: think with you about the long run.

Sustainability is wired through our approach in a way you won't easily find elsewhere, because the tailored consultancy to you on resilience, translates back to how we are going to create a stellar quality framework for you.

It is the reason we don't offer such hosting services. And it is also a principle, because we are passionate about teaching and training and we want to work in a way that doesn't give you unnecessariy costs in the long term.

Because that, is going to make education of professionals more expensive.

It is why we work with open-source frameworks and tools whenever possible.

There is no such thing as a stellar blended learning framework, but we can get more or less in the right direction with exiting ones.

See, the challenge in the end, isn't the technology - it's the pedagogics.


ACCESSIBILITY OF LEARNING OVER TIME
We want to be part of a movement that is making teaching and training of professionals across the globe more accessible - without compromising on the quality of attention and functionality needed for such blended learning. Eventually - by first not only making it cost-resilient for you, but also resilient in terms of your human factor as a teacher/trainer, the humanity of your learners and care for the environment.


AFTER DELIVERY
It is our principle to offer the services this way - no subscriptions, because we know, how much of a difference it has made for my very own freelance work, when I started, back in 2012, with only my racer bike, a paper businesscard designed by my Brazilian artist friend - and this online presence.

We (eventually) offer a subscription to a circular box - you will get stellar modules with podcasts on how to use them, all open source.

Here you'll see a menu of open-source tools, with podcasts on how you can use them in a pedagogical way. A one off pay for every little podcast with advice.

Our core principle really is to keep you free, light, human, inspired, calm, environmentally caring and trusting - amidst all the hustle and buzz.

Stay tuned...


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Payne, Geoffrey 2000 (1983). Urban Projects Manual; A guide to preparing upgrading and new development projects accessible to low income groups (second edition). Liverpool University Press, UK Geoffrey Payne & Associates

Sennett, Richard 2008. The craftsman. Yale University Press, U.S. For a review, see for instance: The Guardian

Turner, John F.C. 1976. Housing by People; Towards Autonomy in Building Enironments. Review.